This is my opinion on the books I read. Remember, don't take it personally and don't get all shitty with me over it. I don't bash the author personally unless the author has bashed the shit out of me and yes one has. So I will bash Madeline Sheehan forever. Otherwise if a book sucks it doesn't mean the person sucks, I've had books I loved and hated by the same author before, it happens. Not everything will please everyone. This is only my opinon and how these particular books made me feel.
My account was removed from GR so at the moment I'm severely lacking in reviews and books but rest assured for the 2013 year I've read over 300 books.
All the Damn Stars in the Universe
I finished reading this yesterday and my poor boyfriend kept asking me what was wrong. I couldn't tell him because I was sobbing but I was trying to be quiet about it but was doing a horrible job. He thought I had hurt myself or was in physical pain, he was absolutley worried about me. Although they were happy tears at the end of the book, they were absolutely heart wrenching. The book is amazing. I want a physical copy of this book so that I may have it to read over and over again. I don't do that with many books at all.
The way everything in the book was interwoven was stunningly done. The writing was phenomenal and the storyline was amazing. It was like watching an awesome lifetime movie but this book is too good of a storyline for Lifetime or Oxygen or those saptastic love story/hate men networks. They absolutely blow but still manage to make you feel sort of good with the corny stories, but this made me feel amazing afterwards.
All I know after reading this book is that, there is love in the world, miracles can happen, beauty is absolutely in the eye of the beholder, and love can save the world. Yes! I believe! Now let me pull my head out of the author's ass for a minute and talk a bit about the story before shoving it back in there. Hey, I'm cold and its warm up there. Don't hate.
This book could have turned out to be one of those ugly duckling stories that we've all read and even Disney has tried making movies about but it had so many things added to the story that made it just blossom and grow. Fern as a child looked like Pippi Longstocking. She had buck teeth, flaming red hair, freckles for days, was always smaller than all the kids and was the consumate late bloomer. She was in love her whole life with the hottest boy in school who was tall, handsome, could sing like an angel, and had the world ahead of him with his wrestling which he excelled at.
Fern loved Ambrose not because he was handsome, tall, and the strong silent type, but because deep down he was a sensitive soul. He helped bury a spider he killed on accident when Fern, Bailey, and Ambrose were kids and felt bad for doing so. He helped Fern sing a song for the beautiful dead spider and Fern would love him always for being so caring.
Bailey is Fern's cousin who is slowly getting sicker the older he gets. Bailey has Muscular Dystrophy and is dealing with it the best he can. Fern helps out with Bailey often and helps as his body slowly betrays him and begins deteriorating. Fern is always there to give a helping hand and make sure Bailey is taken care of and wants for nothing.
The 3 lives of Fern, Bailey, and Ambrose intertwine after Ambrose is discharged from the military and comes home after being seriously injured in a landmine explosion. Ambrose comes home a changed man and doesn't know how to deal with the change to his face and the terrible loss of his 4 best friends. The boys joined the military together and luckily enough were able to stay together on their assignments. The boys were always together and knew everything about each other.
I don't even know how to do this book justice. I'm sure a hundred other reviews have gone in depth and given details and spoilers on this book, but that's just not my style. I hate to know what's going to happen in books I read and shows and movies I watch, so I'm not going to give anything fantastic away about this book either. This book is one that needs to be experienced by everyone. It will help bring out every emotion in you. You'll find yourself giggling like an idiot and crying for every reason you can cry. It's well worth the time you take to read this. Enjoy!